Oliver Stone Backs Out of MLK Movie

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While Ava DuVernay’s MLK movie “Selma” goes full steam ahead, director Oliver Stone announced on Twitter that he will no longer pursue his own version of the legendary civil rights leader.  According to Entertainment Weekly,  Stone’s vision was deemed to controversial because it delved with King’s infidelity and conflicts within the movement.

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Jamie Foxx was cast to play MLK, but with Stone no longer at the helm, there’s no word from Warner Bros. will shelve the project or seek another director.

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Below are excerpts of Stone’s tweets:

Sad news. My MLK project involvement has ended. I did an extensive rewrite of the script, but the producers won’t go with it.

— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014

The script dealt w/ issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation into a higher, more radical being — Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014

I’m told the estate & the ‘respectable’ black community that guard King’s reputation won’t approve it. They suffocate the man & the truth. — Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014

I wish you could see the film I would’ve made. I fear if ‘they’ ever make it, it’ll be just another commemoration of the March on Washington

— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014

Martin, I grieve for you. You are still a great inspiration for your fellow Americans—but, thank God, not a saint.

— Oliver Stone (@TheOliverStone) January 17, 2014

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